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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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September 30, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

September 30, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule and how it will affect the construction industry in "SLC 2016: Compliance and OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule," published in EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 29, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Featured in OSHA Q&A

July 29, 2016

Tressi Cordaro’s responses are featured in a Q&A on “What keeps safety and health lawyers up at night?,” published by BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor . Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 5, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses Reporting Employee Injuries

May 5, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses federal requirements that require employers to record workplace safety injuries involving intoxicated workers in Business Insurance’s “Worker Intoxication doesn’t exempt employers from reporting injuries." Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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October 3, 2016

Mine Safety Agency Warns of Equipment and Machinery Dangers

October 3, 2016

In the wake of three deaths over the past year involving mine equipment and machinery, the Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a safety alert to prevent mining accidents: “Blocking Against Motion.” MSHA said a miner died when he was between the cutter boom and the pan of a continuous mining machine when the... Read More

September 22, 2016

OSHA Requests Information on Shipyard Safety Rules Covering Falls

September 22, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering updating its safety standards covering falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment and has issued a Request for Information. Comments and materials must be submitted by December 7, 2016. The standards fall under Subpart E of... Read More

August 25, 2016

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

August 25, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities. In the Regional Emphasis Program (REP), announced October 2015, the federal agency said it will increase... Read More

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OSHA Agrees to Further Extension for Anti-retaliation Provisions
October 18, 2016

In response to a request from a federal judge, OSHA has agreed to extend the effective date of the anti-retaliation provisions in it’s new final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until December 1, 2016. Read More

Final Rule Overturning AKM-Volks Recordkeeping Decision Expected Soon
October 18, 2016

In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that OSHA could not issue citations for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors v. Sec’y of Labor, 675 F.3d 752 (D.C. Cir. 2012). Read More

Possible Further Extension on Anti-Retaliation Provisions (Incentive & Drug Testing Policies)
October 17, 2016

Last week a federal judge requested that OSHA agree to further extend the November 1st effective date for the anti-retaliation provisions in OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” also known as the Electronic Recordkeeping rule. Read More